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1 the basic unit of money in Suriname; equal to 100 cents [syn: guilder, florin]
2 formerly the basic unit of money in the Netherlands; equal to 100 cents [syn: guilder, florin, Dutch florin]

User Contributed Dictionary



From , from (shortened from) gulden (florijn) 'golden (florin)'


(also used as a plural)
  1. The official currency of the Netherlands till the introduction of the Euro and its overseas territory the Netherlands Antilles.




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gulden (invariable)
  1. golden, made of gold
  2. (metaphore) precious, excellent



Extensive Definition

Guilder is the English translation of the Dutch gulden — from Old Dutch for 'golden'. The guilder originated as a gold coin (hence the name) but has been a common name for a silver or base metal coin for some centuries. The name has often been interchangeable with florin.
One-and-a-half guilder was called a daalder (see thaler); two-and-a-half guilder was called a rijksdaalder. The word daalder/thaler is the origin of dollar.
Former currencies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
Historical guilders or guldens:
Guilder and Florin are also two fictional nations in the book The Princess Bride.

See also

Other coin names that are derived from the gold of which they were once made:
gulden in German: Gulden
gulden in Spanish: Florín holandés
gulden in French: Florin
gulden in Italian: Fiorino olandese
gulden in Dutch: Gulden
gulden in Japanese: ギルダー
gulden in Norwegian: Gylden
gulden in Polish: Gulden
gulden in Portuguese: Guilder
gulden in Swedish: Gulden
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